The Belem district is located in the west of Lisbon, where some of the most important museums of the city and the homonymous Tower are located.
In this neighborhood you can meet sportsmen, families, couples intent on enjoying the view or relaxing in the parks; there is a very quiet atmosphere, kissed by the sun with the wind in your hair, in what is the flagship of Lisbon.
Right here stands the imposing Jeronimos Monastery. It was made to demonstrate the political power of the Kingdom of Portugal, and also represents a kind of thanksgiving to God for the wealth encountered and brought back home by Vasco de Gama, en route to the Indies.
Due to its architectural uniqueness, the Monastery is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is part of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.
The works began between 1501 and 1502 and ended about a century later. The architectural elements that make up the monastery are wonderful, such as the sculptures of exotic plants and animals and the symbols of the art of navigation, typical of the Manueline style.
The cloister is one of the most admired in all of Portugal, due to its quadrangular shape, the many sculptures with very elaborate decorations; here are the tombs of King Manuel I and family, of Vasco de Gama and of the famous Portuguese writers such as Pessoa and Luis de Camões.
The neighborhood is not served by the metro but can be easily reached by tram with line 15E, which connects Praça da Figueira and Algés, with departures every 10/15 minutes. It is one of the most touristic lines in Lisbon because it connects the Baixa and the Belem district.
Line 18, on the other hand, stops near the Jeronimos Monastery, a few minutes’ walk away.
Alternatively, you can use the buses. Lines 113, 144, 149, 727, 728, 729 or 751 stop near the Monastery, a few minutes away.
The Monastery is open from Tuesday to Sunday, with the following times:
– From October to April, from 10:00 to 17:00.
– From May to September, from 10:00 to 18:30
Always closed on Mondays, January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st, June 13th, December 24th and 25th.
The standard rate entrance ticket costs €10.00 per person, from 12 years old, up to 64.
Adults aged 65 and over pay the reduced rate of €3.00.
Family discount for groups of at least 4 people. In this case, you can take advantage of a discount of 50%
Free for children up to 11 years.
Admission included with the LISBOA CARD.
Tickets can be purchased directly online on the official website.